Comics and Graphic Novels
November 27, 2013
Mental Health in Comics, Recommended Books list, and follow up to our UMD College of Information Studies visit.
We had another great visit with Professor Ching's evening class in Children's Literature and Materials at the University of Maryland's graduate College of Information Studies. We tend to haul a few boxes of books up there to show examples of great books, but spend more time discussing the history and relevance of comics. I always enjoy the back and forth with the students that follows since its fun to talk comics with bright and interested people.
Here I'm circling back to follow-up on a few questions raised or books we discussed, as well as to offer resources helping you find other great books we recommend, especially those in our collection.
As promised our Recommended Graphic Novel List is available as a Google doc that we periodically edit to add more titles that make it into our various collections.
After the jump (and in following blog entries) I'll suggest books that relate to some of the topics we discussed, starting with 3 books on mental illness.
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November 14, 2013
Smash: Trial by Fire, by Chris & Kyle Bolton
Good-hearted but impulsive kid contracts super-powers, tries his best -- but being a hero is never easy.
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We featured this book at our most recent Comics Jam, projecting the book up on the screen to read with the kiddies of the after-school crowd. A fun read-aloud, the dialogue is clever and funny, the story lopes along at an easy pace once it gets rolling. The feel is something of a cross between Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Spider-man -- though unlike Greg Heffler (protagonist of the Wimpy Kid series) fun-sized hero Andrew Ryan isn't, you know, a jerk. He's a good kid who idolizes the local superhero named Defender, trying to live up to his example. Even without powers Andrew attempts to make his world a better place, to confront bullies or help kids in need (in one sequence attempting some dashing derring-do involving a tire swing to rescue Halloween candy from the greedy clutches of sidewalk goons -- with the usual disastrous results).
November 08, 2013
Graphics Memoir and Realistic Fiction
I recently had a chance to visit Emerson high school in Washington DC to talk with students about their graphic novel memoir projects. I brought with me a stack of great books to provide examples of what can be done with the format. Here's a selection of the best of them:Continue reading "Graphics Memoir and Realistic Fiction"
October 31, 2013
Local Artist Gareth Hinds. Thursday Nov 7th, 7:30
Local comics artist Gareth Hinds sits to discuss various projects, his process, etc. Signing his latest: Romeo & Juliet. Thurs 11/7 7:30PM
Librarians discovered Gareth Hinds in the guise of his shuffling slouching inky and murderous monster Grendel. Hinds' 2007 interpretation of the Beowulf saga won fans and strong reviews with his lush and muscular reworking of the hero's tale. His Grendel steals the show from the title character though, leaving his greasy imprint and bloody footsteps through out the first half of the story.
Beautifully painted, rich in color and mood, Beowulf became a must-have for public libraries, with a story strong enough to capture the interest of reluctant readers, (with plenty of gore and conflict) yet adding the gravitas of classic literature to the collection. It is the broccoli of the library shelves: it's good for you! And if mom makes you eat it, hey, it can be pretty good! If you add some of this to your plate mom might let you also have some (modern era) superheroes as well.
Subsequently Mr Hinds has adapted The Odyssey, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, and now Shakespeare's iconic tragic love story. He's now working on Shakespeare's 'Scottish Play'. Come talk with him about process, materials, inspirations etc. -- in our Children's room at 7:30, Thursday 11/7. Our friends at Politics and Prose will be selling books if you want a signed copy.